The objective of this session is to gather environmental scientists, stakeholders and managers to discuss this topic and answer to questions such as:
- Environmental fate, bioaccumulation and quantification of microplastics
- Impacts of microplastics on the marine environment
- Management strategies and their efficiency
Worldwide, the annual demand for plastics is constantly raising while management practices and recycling are still not appropriate. It is suggested that land-based sources contribute to almost 80% of the plastic debris found in the marine environment. The plastic debris of small diameter, defined as microplastics, are to-date of raising environmental concern due to the potential toxicity of persistent bioaccumulative toxicants (PBT) associated with. Impacts and risks associated with ingestion of microplastics by marine organisms and humans need to be elucidated and clarified.